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Sacramento County inmate-trained mustangs to go up for adoption

The Sacramento Sheriff's Department acquired wild mustangs for a wild horse and burro training and adoption program for offenders at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management.
The Sacramento Sheriff's Department acquired wild mustangs for a wild horse and burro training and adoption program for offenders at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management. Sacramento Bee file

Wild horses trained by inmates at Sacramento County’s Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center will be up for adoption later this month in Rancho Murieta.

The nine mares are halter-trained and “saddle-started,” according to the Bureau of Land Management.

The adoption program gets underway at 9 a.m. Aug 22 at the Murieta Equestrian Center, 7200 Lone Pine Drive, allowing potential horse owners to get a good look at the steeds. A mustang presentation starts at 11 a.m, followed by the noon auction.

“We are really pleased with how far these mares have come,” said Joe Misner, manager of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s wild horse training program. “They will be great companions for anyone who loves horses.”

The BLM brought the horses from wild herds so that rangeland would not be over-foraged. The inmates then worked with the 3- and 4-year-old mares.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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